When car accidents affect our little ones, nothing can be more devastating for a family or a community. And in the case of baby Izaiah, a pedestrian toddler injured last winter, hope is renewed as doctors report remarkable progress in his recovery.
The severity of Izaiah’s brain injury initially gave doctors the impression the toddler would be paralyzed from the chest down for the rest of his life. But amazingly, baby Izaiah has begun to show signs of feeling in his lower limbs, and he has been able to move his feet.
Izaiah’s family and his doctors were both stunned and elated by this incredible breakthrough.
Medical technology heals in a new way
According to San Diego 10News, Dr. Dennis Maness of the BrainTek institute has made baby Izaiah’s amazing improvement possible. Maness and his team, who are providing their services for free, use sound waves to send messages to Izaiah’s brain that are meant to create a calm and relaxing environment to promote healing.
Dr. Maness described the excitement he felt over Izaiah’s rapid improvement – he was released from the hospital just two weeks ago, completely paralyzed from the chest down – and expressed his hope and belief that Izaiah will continue to recover from his injuries.
Now that Izaiah has demonstrated the ability to move his lower limbs, they will soon be working to achieve the next milestone in his journey to recovery. Dr. Maness hopes to have his patient standing and crawling within the next few months.
Baby Izaiah’s family and his team of caregivers remain hopeful that his condition will continue to improve. It’s very possible that with continued medical care, Izaiah may be able to lead a normal, happy life.
Pedestrian safety: Let’s work together to create safer road conditions
We can come together as a community to stop needless injury such as the baby Izaiah case. Consider implementing the following tips in your neighborhood to help end car accident injury on your streets.
You might have seen community safety signs in your neighborhood, as shown on the left. These useful “lawn signs,” as often called, can be lifesavers for neighborhood children. Consider installing one on your front yard to discourage inconsiderate, speeding drivers from racing down your street.
Contact the city
If you have an especially busy corner with lots of pedestrian traffic, call the city of San Diego to ask for improved signage. They may be able to install a pedestrian crossing, reduce speed limits if possible, or install speed bumps. Often, the city won’t take action until notified of a potential hazard. Let’s improve our city one person at a time.
To report a hazard, call the San Diego Traffic Hazard Committee (TAC) at (858) 874-4030.
About the Law Offices of Michael Pines
Michael Pines is San Diego’s Safety Ambassador and has worked to educate the city of San Diego on ways to improve safety in our community. The law firm has worked hard to help injured people seek fair recovery when car accidents or personal injury has affected their lives. Follow Mike on Twitter and join in on the conversation.